Tester, Toomey, Shelby, Thune

Executive Session (Stras Nomination)

Senator Tester: (12:02 p.m)

  • Spoke on government funding legislation.
    • "I rise today on this 30th day of January to call out this body, the body of the United States Senate, for its dereliction of duty. Enough is enough. We need a long-term budget bill for all of America, for my home state of Montana, because that is what they expect because it is our job. It has been 122 days since Congress has failed to pass a budget. What makes this even more egregious is the fact that we haven't done anything but continuing resolution after continuing resolution after continuing resolution. There is no certainty in that. And even if we pass a long-term budget deal, it isn't even that long term to the end of this fiscal year which is when it needs to be done by."


Senator Toomey: (12:06 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to Deputy Marshal Christopher Hill.
    • "But I feel it's important to address and it is to recognize, acknowledge, and honor the heroic life and legacy and sacrifice of one of Pennsylvania's finest deputy U.S marshals, Christopher Hill. On January 18 of this year, Deputy Hill was shot and killed while he was apprehending a fugitive in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Christopher hill lived in York, Pennsylvania. He was only 45 years old. He was a husband. He had two young children. And he had dedicated his life to serving and protecting first his country and later his community. He was an 11-year veteran of the marshal service."
  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "It's manufacturing in Pennsylvania, in America. As a direct result of the tax reform that we passed, their tax burden has been diminished and that has in turn allowed them to speed up the hiring of five or six new workers. Five or six people that didn't have a job - don't have a job today but they're going to have a job soon because Sussex Wire is hiring and they're right now out looking for the folks that are going to expand their workforce, expand the ability of this terrific company to do even more. The tax reform is also accelerating their ability to purchase new equipment."


Senator Shelby: (12:16 p.m)

  • Spoke in tribute to a member of his staff.
    • "After swiftly climbing the ladder in my office, bill became my staff director and general counsel when I chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee. And later the senate banking committee, where he was a general counsel and staff director. He also served as my staff director when I was ranking member of the senate appropriations committee when the Democrats were in control. As a former flight, naval flight officer, bill always brought a high level of respect and discipline to the workplace. Without hesitation, he was able to spearhead tasks and get things done."


Senator Thune: (12:23 p.m)

  • Spoke on tax reform.
    • "Mr. President, stories like this are why we made business tax reform a key part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Obviously a huge priority was immediately lowering Americans' tax bills, which is why we lowered rates across the board, nearly doubled the standard deduction, and doubled the child tax credit. But our other priority was creating the kind of economy in which Americans can thrive for the long term, an economy that would create good jobs, higher wages, and more opportunities. So how do we go about doing that? Well, the only way for individual Americans to thrive is for American businesses and the American economy to thrive."